Where to go for Christmas Vacation

It’s December 11th. I know. Almost Christmas…BUT, people are still asking me where to go for Christmas vacation. I can’t believe it!  I have a wonderful idea. How about Aspen? I have recently stumbled upon this: The St. Regis Aspen Resort is celebrating the season with commemorative feasts, family-friendly fun, and a new menu of seasonal Family Traditions experiences.

Check out these Holiday Events:

The week of Thanksgiving, The St. Regis Aspen unveiled a gingerbread replica of the hotel. This stunning piece, made 100 lbs. of gingerbread dough, and 50 lbs. of flour, over the course of 250 hours, is on display in the lobby during the festive season. Super cool!

Christmas Day brunch is offered at Trecento Quindici Decano, featuring chef attended carving and culinary stations. Children enjoy a special appearance by Santa from 12pm-5pm.

 

Holiday Activities Include: 

December 15, 2013—March 31, 2014: S’mores cookouts in the courtyard, available nightly from 7pm to 8pm exclusively for children; adults can enjoy s’mores from 9pm to 12am in Shadow Mountain Lounge.

 December 20: Carriage ride with Santa Claus will depart from The St. Regis from 2:40-5pm.

December 21: Holiday ornament decorating 3pm to 5pm in the Aspen Room.

December 22: Holiday stocking decorating from 3pm to 5pm in the Aspen Room.

December 23: Gingerbread House decorating with The St. Regis Pastry Chef in the Aspen Room from 3pm-5pm.

December 24: A special reading of the classic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Santa Claus, followed by holiday photographs with Santa in the library from 3pm to 5pm.

December 26: Gingerbread cookie decorating in the Aspen Room from 4pm to 6pm.

December 27: Join Elk Mountain Rescue Dogs and Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers and learn how these talented individuals are saving lives through backcountry rescue in the library from 5:30-7:30.

Reservations are highly recommended for all activities 970.429.7373

Family Traditions:

The St. Regis Aspen’s new winter Family Traditions program features a variety of interactive holiday activities to engage children and parents alike, and three seasonal family-friendly “experience” packages, comprised of captivating outdoor adventures in the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado wilderness. Activities include:

Snowmobile Tour: Enjoy an exhilarating two-hour snowmobile adventure led by expert guides to the base of the renowned Maroon Bells, some of North America’s most photographed mountains. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or cider at the picturesque Maroon Lake, and then explore miles of groomed trails. 

Dog Sled Tour: Embark on an exciting two-hour dog sled ride through the scenic Aspen Snowmass Wilderness, featuring sleds pulled by 13 Alaskan snow dogs and guided by an expert musher.

Hot Air Balloon Tour: Soar high above Aspen at sunrise in a colorful hot air balloon, experiencing breathtaking views of the captivating Roaring Fork Valley, with a champagne toast and pastries enjoyed in the clouds. Available through the end of the winter season, The St. Regis Aspen’s Family Tradition Experiences are completely customizable and can be booked through The St. Regis Aspen Concierge with advance notice of 24 hours.

To learn more about family traditions and all holiday activities and festivities at The St. Regis Aspen, please call 970.920.3300 or visit The St. Regis Aspen Resort. I am headed there in January. How about you?

 

Summer Travel Family Traditions at St. Regis Aspen

I have a great idea for summer travel! The St. Regis Aspen introduces a unique Family Traditions program, offering thrilling, adventure-packed family “experiences”, and a variety of family-friendly amenities and services. The St. Regis Aspen’s Family Traditions summer program features three seasonal “experiences”, comprised of captivating outdoor activities and adventures in the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado wilderness, to engage children and parents alike and creating everlasting memories and traditions to come. I want to go!

Summer Family Traditions Experiences Include:

  • Backcountry Sunset Jeep Dinner: Explore the great outdoors on a four-hour, off-road Jeep tour to the historic Burlingame Cabin on Snowmass Mountain, featuring a fun-filled campfire BBQ with live music and singing at the destination.
  • Fly Fishing: Escape to the valley’s gold medal trout waters for a day of private fishing, equipped with Aspen Outfitting Company’s extraordinary certified guides and gear.
  • Rafting: Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Colorado, Roaring Fork and Arkansas rivers—from float trips to Class V rapids, half days and whole days. YES PLEASE! This is summer travel at its best!
Upon arrival, each child is greeted with a tasty welcome amenity, such as fresh fruit and gummy worms hidden in chocolate “dirt”, as well as housemade lollipops. Turndown amenities prior to departure include rich hot cocoa, marshmallows, chocolate coins and cookies. My kids would love this!

During their stay, children can enjoy special access to The St. Regis Aspen’s esteemed culinary team, as well as access a newly-created children’s library. I love this idea!

Children’s Programs Include:

  • Budding Chef Program: Aspiring young chefs are invited to partake in culinary fun alongside The St. Regis Aspen’s impressive culinary team with a one-hour cupcake and cookie decorating class and a one-hour vegetable art class.
  • Children’s Library: Children can check out story books to read at bed time, alongside a warm glass of milk and honey.

About The St. Regis Aspen Resort

The St. Regis Aspen Resort has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as a leading destination resort and has been named aPlatinum Choice Award Winner by Smart Meetings magazine. With elegant décor, unrivaled luxury and the trademark bespoke service for which The St.Regis group of hotels is known, guests enjoy an unparalleled experience at this quintessential mountain retreat. Resort amenities include the newly opened Trecento Quindici Decano restaurant, Shadow Mountain Lounge, Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE, Remède Spa, an outdoor heated pool, fitness center, world class resort concierge services and 25,000 square feet of meeting space.  For reservations or more information, call 1.888.454.9005 or 970.920.3300 or visit the website at www.stregisaspen.com.